Karnataka election on May 12, Amit Malviya under EC lens, EC to use VVPATs

The Election Commission is set to announce dates and the entire polling schedule of Karnataka Assembly Elections for the 224-member Karnataka assembly today

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat

Karnataka Assembly Elections will be held on May 12 and the result will be declared on May 15, 2018, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday. Karnataka elections will be held in a single phase. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that the model code of conduct has come into effect in the poll-bound state | Today’s Paper

The elections are being held to choose the 224 members of the Karnataka Assembly whose tenure ends in May 2018. The polls are being seen politically crucial for the ruling Congress, as well as the BJP, as Karnataka is the only big state where the former is in power after losing a string of Assembly elections to the saffron party in the past few years. The BJP is making a concerted bid to unseat the Congress. Besides, the Congress and the BJP, another player in the fray is former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S).

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Important dates for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018
17 April: Issue of notification 24 April: Last date of nomination 25 April: Date of scrutiny

27 April: Last date of withdrawal of candidates 12 May: Date of Polling 15 May: Counting of votes/ Result day

* Date of notification is April 17 and nominations should be filed by April 24. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is April 27. Counting of votes will take place on May 15.

* It will be investigated. Be assured that actions legally and administratively befitting will be taken: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on the question of how BJP’s IT Cell head Amit Malviya had put dates of Karnataka elections on social media.

* Certain things may have leaked for which Election Commission will take appropriate action: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on the question how BJP’s IT Cell head Amit Malviya had put dates of Karnataka elections on social media.

* Voting in Karnataka to be held on 12 May, counting on 15 May, announces Election Commission.

* Last date of nomination 24th April, 2018

* CEC to announce the polling schedule soon.

* No ceiling on expenditure for political parties, says Election Commission: CEC Rawat said per candidate has been allotted Rs 28 lakh for expenditure. “I urge my media friends to ensure that any wrongdoings or aberrations are highlighted,” Rawat said.

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UP, Bihar bypolls: Gorakhpur loss start of BJP’s worry? Top 10 developments

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said over-confidence and inability to understand the understanding between SP and BSP were the prime reasons for the BJP’s shocking loss

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received a severe setback in the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections, losing four of the five seats in the bypolls, including the all-important Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats in Uttar Pradesh. Especially worrisome for the BJP was the fact that it was trounced by the BSP-backed Samajwadi Party in the high-stakes Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls which could boost the chances of a ‘mahagathbandhan’ of anti-BJP parties before the 2019 general elections.
After sweeping the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections last year, the BJP faced a last-minute alliance stitched by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the bypolls. BSP supremo Mayawati had announced her party’s backing for SP candidates in both Gorakhpur and Phulpur in return for the SP’s support for her party’s candidate in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections.
The BJP lost the Gorakhpur seat to the SP by a margin of 21,961 votes. SP candidate Pravin Kumar Nishad got 456,437 more votes than his nearest rival, BJP’s Upendra Dutt Shukla, who secured 434,476 votes. In the Phulpur constituency, SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeated BJP candidate Kaushalendra Singh by a margin of 59,613 votes. The winner polled 342,796 votes, while the BJP candidate secured 283,183.
Significantly, Gorakhpur was earlier held by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had held the Phulpur seat.
Meanwhile, in Bihar, the BJP also lost the Araria Lok Sabha constituency and the Jehanabad Assembly seat while scoring a consolation win in the Bhabua Assembly seat. The results in both the states triggered calls for a Grand Alliance — a la Bihar — all across India to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. |Phulpur bypolls results
Once the outcome of the Uttar Pradesh 2018 bypolls was known, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that “over-confidence and the inability to understand the understanding between SP and BSP” were the prime reasons for the BJP’s defeat.
Here are the top 10 developments in the shock defeat for BJP in UP and Bihar bypolls:
1) SP victory boosts chances of an anti-BJP coalition in UP: With the tacit understanding between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP in the Lok Sabha bye-elections for two seats paying off, chances of a ‘mahagathbandhan’ of anti-BJP parties before the 2019 general elections got a boost in Uttar Pradesh. These results are the beginning of the formation of a broadest possible alliance of Opposition forces before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, senior political analyst and retired head of the political science department of the Lucknow University Ramesh Dixit said.
“The Congress will also be forced to come into this fold with all the major players,” Dixit said, adding that all these parties were working to oust the BJP. “This showing has come as a silver lining for all the other parties and, notwithstanding their inner contradictions, their major concern of maintaining their political relevance, which is under challenge, will guide them to fall in line,” Dixit said.
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UP, Bihar bypoll results 2018 LIVE: SP leading in Adityanath’s Gorakhpur and Phulpur

Lok Sabha by-elections 2018 in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Bihar’s Araria being viewed as yet another test for BJP ahead of 2019 general elections

Uttar Pradesh Lok sabha bypolls 2018

The Samajwadi Party was leading in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur by-polls late in the morning. The counting of votes for the Lok Sabha by-election 2018 for the two Assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh — Gorakhpur and Phulpur — and Bihar’s Jahanabad and Bhabua, besides the Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, commenced on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements. The results are expected to be declared by Thursday afternoon, according to an Election Commission official.

Meanwhile, the initial counting of votes today showed that the BJP-led NDA was leading in the Araria Lok Sabha and Jahanabad and Bhabua Assembly by-elections in Bihar. The candidates of the Grand Alliance of RJD, Congress and HAM were trailing in all three seats.

Uttar Pradesh by-elections 2018

The voter turnout was 47.45 per cent in Gorakhpur and 37.39 per cent in Phulpur in Sunday’s polling. Ten candidates were in the fray from Gorakhpur, while 22 candidates contested from Phulpur. According to the Election Commission, there are 1.96 million (19.61 lakh) voters in Phulpur parliamentary constituency, while the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat has a 1.95 million (19.49 lakh) electorate.

Uttar Pradesh by-polls 2018 were necessitated after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, respectively, following their election to the state legislative council.

Bihar by-elections 2018

Fifty-seven per cent polling was registered in Araria, Bihar’s Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V Nayak said. In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies in Bihar, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 per cent and 50.06 per cent respectively, he said.

Bihar by-polls 2018 for the Araria seat was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohd Taslimuddin.

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BJP set to form Meghalaya govt; Himanta calls Rahul’s decisions immature

NPP President Conrad K Sangma on Sunday submitted to Governor Ganga Prasad a letter of support from 34 legislators and staked claim to form the next government in Meghalaya

BJP President Amit Shah

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National People’s Party (NPP) set to form the next government together in Meghalaya, despite the Congress winning the largest number of seats, BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He claimed that Rahul Gandhi’s decision to send his party’s top leadership to Meghalaya lacked calculation and showed immaturity.

“I think top Congress leaders were sent to Meghalaya as they were told that they were the single largest party. However, they had no support from regional parties — the latter are supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I feel that Rahul Gandhi sent four senior leaders of the party to Shillong without any calculation.

It shows his lack of maturity,” Sarma told ANI.
After the counting of votes on Saturday, Meghalaya threw up a hung Assembly, with the Congress winning 21 seats and NPP bagging 19.

NPP president Conrad K Sangma on Sunday submitted to Governor Governor Ganga Prasad a letter of support from 34 legislators in the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly, and staked claim to form the next state government.

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The 34 legislators include 19 from NPP, six from United Democratic Party (UDP), four from People’s Democratic Front (PDF), two each from Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), besides one Independent MLA Samuel Sangma.

According to news agency IANS, the regional parties — UDP, HSPDP and PDF — extended support to the NPP on the condition that Conrad Sangma, the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, would be made the chief minister.

The alliance will now wait for an invitation from the Governor to form the next government.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma tendered his resignation to Governor Ganga Prasad after his party, Congress, failed to secure a majority.

“Since the whole election process is over, the chief minister has to submit his resignation, so I did. Further course of action will follow according to convention,” the outgoing chief minister told PTI.

ALSO READ: NDA bags Meghalaya too: NPP’s Conrad Sangma stakes claim to form govt

Congress made all attempts to get the support of regional parties. The outgoing Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma, even came up with a proposal of sharing power — two-and-a-half years each — with the UDP, the main regional party in the state.

“He (Mukul Sangma) came and met me seeking our support to form the government with the proposal of sharing power for two-and-a-half years each,” UDP chief Dr Donkupar Roy said.

Roy said that his party did not approve the idea of working with the Congress for the sake of stability.

Gujarat elections 2017 highlights: PM Modi’s campaign rally in Bhavnagar

PM Modi is on a two-day Gujarat tour during which he is expected to hold 7 election campaign rallies in total, three of which were held on Sunday.

gujarat elections 2017

Celebrating the culture and unity of the people, PM Modi in Bhavnagar while campaigning for Gujarat Assembly elections said that, “Gujarat has grown due to the power of Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana”.

Gujarat assembly elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on December 9 and 14 and Gujarat election results are to be announced on December 18

Here are the key highlights of Modi’s speech during his Gujarat election rally in Bhavnagar on Monday:

  • I fail to understand why is Congress once again doing what it always did in the past- divide people, be it on caste lines, communal lines, between villages & cities. Congress has learnt ‘divide and rule’ from our colonial rulers rather well
  • I appeal to the Congress to stick to the truth. The people of Gujarat do not like poll time lollipops and false promises of the Congress
  • The people of UP know the Congress and their leadership well. And see how they have rejected Congress repeatedly
  • Congress is trying to create fights between brothers, between cities and villages, between religions and castes, whatever chasms that they could create, Congress party has learned this sin from the British Raj rather well.
  • Congress better hear loud and clear, we are the born on the same land as Gandhi and Sardar Patel, so we never go back from our promises. Our promise is, whoever stole from the poor, whoever stole from the nation, they will have to give the money back!
  • I appeal to the Congress to stick to the truth. The people of Gujarat do not like poll time lollipops and false promises of the Congress
  • Modi praised the development model in Gujarat, asking the audience at the rally in Bhavnagar who was responsible for this development. The crowd immediately began to chant “Modi, Modi!” but the prime minister went on to say “Modi has been PM
  • and CM in Gujarat, but the reason for this development is the unity between Gujaratis.” “Gujarat has grown due to the power of Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana,” he added.

PM Modi is on a two-day Gujarat tour during which he is expected to hold 7 election campaign rallies in total, three of which were held on Sunday.


Adityanath drawing similarity between Surya Namaskar , Namaz is appreciable: Muslim clerics


Supporting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement on Surya Namaskar being similar as Namaz, Jamaat-E-Hind president Maulana Suhaib Qasmi on Thursday said every religion guides towards preaching peace and this statement will help the nation unite.

“Yogi Adityanath’s statement is appreciable which will unite the nation. Every religion guides us to follow peace and love and therefore we will embrace our country as one,” he told ANI.

He added that in every religion people worship in a similar manner as God is one.

“This belief followed by Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is highly appreciated,” Qasmi said.

Meanwhile, another Muslim cleric Maulana Kable Sadiq said that Muslims should not get afraid of Adityanth’s Government but with their own leaders.

“Muslim leadership is emotional about these issues as they do not have rational thinking. They should fear Owaisi and Dr. Mohammad Ayub,” he said.

Adityanath yesterday said both Surya Namaskar practised by Hindus and Namaz practised by Muslims have similarities.

“All asanas (postures) in Surya Namaskar, Pranayama activities are similar with the way Namaz is done by our Muslim brothers, but nobody has ever tried to bring them together because few people are interested only in ‘bhoga’, not yoga,” claimed Adityanath.

Adityanath further said, before 2014, even talking about yoga was also considered communal. But things changed after Prime Minister Narendra took steps to make yoga popular across the world. (readmore…)


Yogi Adiyanath bans pan, gutka in UP offices, allocates portfolios

Adityanath was elected leader of Bharatiya Janata Party legislative party on Saturday

Swearing-in of UP Chief Minister

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday banned chewing of ‘paan’ (beetal leaves), and consumption of tobacco and its products in all state government offices, hospitals and educational institutions and directed for ban on use of polythene.

The Chief Minister also allocated portfolios to his ministerial colleagues, keeping several key departments like home, revenue, mining and jails with him.

Adiyanath inspected the Shastri Bhavan (annexe) here during his first full working day here after taking oath as the Chief Minister on Sunday. He inspected various floors and sections of the building to get a first-hand account of cleanliness and work ethos.

According to an official release, Adityanath gave a stern message that “old work style and lax attitude towards work” will not be tolerated and stringent action taken against those found wanting in discharge of their duties.

Adityanath asked Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to ensure a proper system for upkeep, maintenance of files and records within a week and to ensure cleanliness in the Shastri Bhavan premises within the period.

He hoped that similar mechanism will be adopted in subordinate offices and noted that departmental presentations and reviews will be conducted in the fifth-floor conference room between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.(read more…)